Jail beds provided by the public safety levy keep violent offenders behind bars. reported by Pat FarrMonday, October 27th, 2014
In May of 2013 the voters of Lane County passed a local option levy that funded additional jail beds in the Lane County Jail. We are pleased to report back a fiscal year comparison of capacity based releases (CBRs) for the year prior to the levy and the year following the levy. As many community members know, prior to the levy, the lack of funded jail beds resulted in the early release of defendants and offenders each day. Many of these early releases went on to commit more crimes and create more victims. Thanks to community support and the desire for a safer Lane County, we are headed in the right direction.
In July of 2013 with the passage of the public safety levy, the jail opened 131 previously empty beds, increasing the capacity for local defendants and offenders to 256 beds. Since the opening of the additional jail beds, CBRs have decreased significantly. In the fiscal year following the levy (FY 13/14), the number of CBRs dropped almost 75% to 1,289 (as compared to 5,129 in the prior FY). Please see the chart below to view CBRs for FY 12/13 and FY 13/14.
Prior to the levy between January and June 2013, 123 pretrial defendants who were being held on violent felonies were released early due to lack of funded jail beds. Since the passage of the levy and the opening of the additional beds, that number is down to zero.
Between January and June of 2013, the jail was forced to release 21 Measure 11 pretrial defendants. Since the passage of the levy and the opening of the additional beds, that number is down to zero.
The additional jail beds provided by the public safety levy have assisted in keeping dangerous defendants and offenders in jail, allowing for safer neighborhoods and an increased quality of life.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Board of County Commissioners thank the community for their support in helping keep Lane County a great place to live!
(And Thank you, Sergeant Carrie Carver for this report)